There is everything to play for on Wednesday afternoon, as Manchester City and Real Madrid do battle at the Etihad Stadium. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal tie, the winner of this match will advance to the final to face Inter Milan. Here, we make our soccer betting picks for Manchester City vs Real Madrid in the second leg of their semifinal clash.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Manchester City Moneyline (-170)|
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This game will be played at Etihad Stadium at 3:00 PM ET on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
Why Bet on Manchester City:
✅ City secured a draw in the first leg against Real Madrid in Madrid, where they fell apart in the second leg of last year’s semifinal. Now, City are back at home, where they dominated Madrid last year and they will do so again this year.
✅ City has not lost in 22 matches across all competitions.
✅ Manchester City doubled Madrid’s shots on goal in the first leg, and should have an even bigger advantage now that they are at home.
Manchester City choked in the semifinals of last year’s Champions League against Real Madrid, and they looked like they were in danger of doing so again this year. They fell behind by a goal in the first leg last week, but found an equalizer from Kevin De Bruyne to tie things at a goal apiece heading into leg number two. Now, City is a home win away from advancing to the Champions League Final.
Inter Milan would be the opponent of whoever wins this match, and Inter themselves consider them to be the underdog against whoever they face. But City would certainly be the heavier favorite against Inter thanks to the duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland. The question will be whether that duo can breach the Madrid defense to earn a spot in that final.
Real Madrid are in a better position than they were entering the second leg of the Champions League semifinal a year ago. But this time, the second leg will be held in Manchester instead of Madrid. But Madrid is a win away from getting back to the Champions League Final, and they do not have a deficit to make up in the second leg this time around.
The question for Madrid will be whether they can get some of that Karim Benzema magic to help them break down the City defense. It took a legitimately great goal from Vinicius Jr. to get Madrid on the board in the first leg. But the City defense has been elite all season long, and it will take another potentially special effort for Los Blancos to score and advance here.